Towards Understanding Hydrologically-Significant Geologic Connectivity

 

Jeffrey Klakovich and T.P.A.Ferré

Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

The University of Arizona

I am investigating how geologic structures can influence subsurface flow behavior. Using MODFLOW, I simulate flow through randomly-generated, heterogeneous conductivity fields. Then, I investigate the relationship between geologic connectivity and effective hydraulic conductivity. The goal is to identify how structure impacts flow. Ultimately, this could allow for the use of geophysical images to better predict field-scale subsurface flow behavior.